With her “Athaliah”, in Room No. 203 the artist Berty Skuber takes as her theme the human body. Using photographs and newspaper cuttings which unmask the body she analyses it and in her sketches traces it back to its initial state.
Skuber plays with sketches, water colours, photography, script and graphic script in her works on paper, though she also produces sculptures, objects and videos. In most cases her procedure could be described as associative, or rather dream-like. Ultimately the artist intends to compile a fantastical encyclopaedia.
The colours of the bed headboard, curtains, green reading chair and art works are finely matched and create a pleasantly understated, sensuous ambience in the room.
The work by Wilhelm Prachensky (1898 – 1956) harmonises with these elements. His pencil drawing “Modell mit Stiefeln” (Model in boots) was produced in 1922. Prachensky had a preference for architectural and landscape themes which were finely balanced with each other. With their subtle lines and nuanced colouring they come close in style to Egon Schiele. The Schiele-inspired, Schiele-esque “Model in boots” is among his most delicate nude drawings.